Miguel Durango-Loaiza

Miguel Durango

Ph.D. Candidate

I am a Ph.D. student in history. Before Penn, I received an M.A. in history and a B.A. in anthropology from the University of the Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. My dissertation project revolves around the history of Black and Indigenous communities in the Guajira peninsula, in the borderlands of today's Colombia and Venezuela. I am exploring how these groups engaged in trade and migration networks in the Caribbean and the Atlantic.


M.A., History, University of Pennsylvania

M.A., History, Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) 

B.A., Anthropology, Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) 

Research Interests

Indigenous History; Slavery; African Diaspora; Smuggling; Empires and Colonialism; the Caribbean

Selected Publications

Durango Loaiza, Miguel. "Rastreando la Flota del Berceau: Metáforas orgánicas, epidemia y revolución en el Caribe Transimperial de inicios del siglo XIX”. Fronteras de la historia 27, no. 2 (2022): 41-60. DOI: https://doi.org/10.22380/20274688.2062.

Hylton, Forrest; Durango Loaiza, Miguel. “The Limits of Atlantic Revolution: Indigenous Power, Spectres of Saint-Domingue, and the Maracaibo Conspiracy of 1799.” Mundos do Trabalho 14 (2022): 1-22. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5007/1984-9222.2022.e86968.